With Old Man Winter only a couple of months away, it's about time to start thinking about the freezing cold temperature, the harsh wind and the snow engulfing cities. The latest forecasts are in for Canada's winter 2011/2012.
It felt like it was just yesterday where much of Canada had -30 degree Celsius temperatures, 25 centimeters of snow and the bone-chilling wind. Well, with only several weeks away, it’s going to be that time again (don’t forget Christmas!).
According to AccuWeather’s forecasts for the upcoming season, it is going to be pretty normal from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario to the St. Lawrence Valley in Quebec, although it is expected that the areas will be hit with a couple of Arctic blasts.
“That's typical of a La Niña, but [arctic blasts] don't last very long; they come and they go,” said Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather, Brett Anderson. “[There’s] certainly going to be some bitter cold coming down there in the middle of winter.”
Meanwhile, in the Newfoundland and Labrador regions, it’s going to be a dry winter because much of the Great Lakes are warmer than usual.
In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the autumn will come to an end and snow could arrive as early as Halloween. Temperatures will be below normal and the worst of winter will transpire in the months of December and January.
“You got a slight shot (at snow) late this week but by Halloween, you're going to see some accumulating snow,” said Jack Boston, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather, in an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, for those in Canada’s west, British Columbia and Alberta, it could be the worst winter in nearly 20 years.
“Strong La Niñas can lead to wet winters along the West coast, but I am predicting a moderate La Niña this winter,” added Anderson. La Nina is an occurrence when sea surface temperatures across the equatorial central and eastern Pacific are below normal, which leads to extreme cold temperatures in the west.
In the Arctic area, temperatures expected to be normal.